I Am the Cheese (1983)

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In this interesting drama based on a novel by Robert Cormier, flashbacks to two different periods of time mixed with scenes from the present slowly unveil the mysterious circumstances surrounding a lonely teen (Robert MacNaughton) who meets regularly with a psychiatrist delving into his past. The boy is in an institution and often rides around the grounds on his bicycle, pretending that the guards, groundskeepers, and personnel are his enemies. As the psychiatrist probes deeper, more of the boy's family's past comes to light. His father (Don Murray) had been a successful journalist until he testified in a criminal court case that made him a target of assassins -- and so he faked his death in an accident, changed his name, and moved out to Vermont. He never told his son who he was, and when he and his wife (Hope Lange) are killed one day in an "accident" the boy sees it and goes into shock. Now as he continues in his treatments at the institution, he begins to suspect that his psychiatrist and the institution's staff are, in fact, his father's enemies and orchestrated the assassination of his parents.

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Critic Reviews for I Am the Cheese

All Critics (2)

...an odd bit of storytelling, a black fantasy lent resonance by the current events revelations of the 1970s

Jun 27, 2005 | Rating: C-

But so much of Cheese makes so little sense, it all comes off like an after-school special

May 31, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for I Am the Cheese

½

You can't say this movie isn't original, that's for sure. However, it turns into an overly confusing story within the first ten minutes due to the editing and lack of information. I kind've like that Robert MacHaughton is so amateuristic in this, it sort of fits Adam as a character. Emotions are so inconsistent that you really don't know what to expect. The look of the movie is really interesting, it looks like it was filmed on a 4:3 super 8 camera.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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½

Slow moving odd drama of boy with mysterious past, told through flashbacks and the danger that past presents to his present. Interesting to see Hope Lange and Don Murray playing a married couple 20 years after their real life marriage ended.

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jay nixon

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